Exmouth deliver second half improved show to see off Old Centralians
PUBLISHED: 12:20 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:20 06 November 2014
Exmouth produced an excellent second half show to eventually see off visiting Old Centralians 42-20 at the Imperial Ground.
Once again the Cokcles’ pre-match plans were hit by injury to Richard Cadywould, the latest player to join the injury list, which is now 15 players deep! Eighteen-year-old Exeter College student Jack Rouse joined the bench at short notice following some impressive performances in the 2nd XV whilst Paul Morgan started his first game of the season on the wing.
The first half was one of disappointment for another good home turnout, though the windswept conditions might have had something to do with what was a stop-start affair. The teams went into the break with the visitors holding a 14-13 lead.
Coach Jon Hill clearly worked some interval magic for the Cockles were a very different proposition after the break!
A converted try put Old Centralians ahead, but parity was restored through a Richard Bright try and a George Meadows conversion.
Another converted try gave the visitors the lead again only for a brace Meadows’ penalties to complete the first half scoring.
Within minutes of the restart prop Isaac Dalton powered his way over under the posts and a Meadows conversion gave the Cockles the lead for the first time.
Ollie Rice crossed in the corner before Stuart Lawe had a big hand in a try from Ben Hawley.
Meadows slotted a late penalty before the game’s final score, a try from James Harris.
Exmouth coach Jon Hill said: “There was a much better performance from us in the second half where we played into the wind and kept the ball for long periods. Our first half performance was high in error count and we were somewhat frustrated.”
He continued: “We talked at half time about it being a potentially ‘season defining’ 40 minutes, and the response of the players was nothing short of remarkable. There were some huge performances, none more so that Man of the Match James Harris, Mark Wathes and captain Tom Emery, and this was the catalyst for the victory.”
On Saturday Exmouth travel to Bideford for a County Cup game. Hill says: “It’s a ’tricky’ challenge for us. We will be looking to rotate our bench and have a look at some of the ‘fringe’ players who have been impressive to date. This is in no way showing any disrespect to Bideford, who we have watched and analysed recently, as we look to mount another challenge for a cup which we have had considerable success in over the past four years.”
Back row Jack Rouse, second row Brad Cooke, scrum half Lloyd Watkins, utility back Matt Ryan and back five forward Jack Pyne will all be pushing for some involvement in North Devon on Saturday.